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State Budget Agreement Reached — Wins for Education & Racial Equity

June 25, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year wraps up, we are seeing students graduating virtually because of COVID-19 and taking to the streets in support of the movement for Black lives. We are seeing Black youth are on the frontlines leading the way and organizing for change. This moment of crisis calls on us to double down…

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California Budget Action Alert!

June 4, 2020

California is deciding on our budget soon! The California State Legislature will be voting on our state’s budget in the next two weeks. Because of COVID-19, we’re facing some large budget cuts when it comes to education, BUT there’s an opportunity to win some key pieces in the budget and actually leave many school districts…

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George Floyd & Black Liberation #BlackLivesMatter

June 2, 2020

Statement From CFJ Leadership & Staff: Black Lives Matter. George Floyd’s life mattered. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. Tony McDade, Nina Pop and Ahmaud Arbery’s lives all mattered. Not just because they were stolen at the hands of police and white supremacists, but because they were human beings, pieces of our communities and valuable voices we…

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SF Chronicle Letter to the Editor: An Economic Crisis Is The Worst Time To Cut Education Funding by Saa’un Bell

May 28, 2020

An economic crisis during COVID-19 is the worst time to cut education funding.

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Major Milestone Update On Schools & Communities First

May 19, 2020

Having bleak budget blues? Here’s some good news: Californians are about Schools and Communities First.  Earlier this month, the Schools and Communities First coalition submitted 1.7 million signatures of support. The most signatures ever submitted for a ballot measure in California history. Those numbers continue to speak for themselves, as we enter a pandemic recession. …

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Press Release: High School Students Across CA Talk School Closures, Impact And Needs In The Wake Of The Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Young people are inheriting a California that is one of the wealthiest states in the United States but only for those who can afford it. Despite our state’s vast material wealth, Coronavirus has illuminated how easily overwhelmed and under-resourced our city and county infrastructures are in a time where crises are becoming commonplace. More importantly it has highlighted how essential public institutions like schools are, and the alarming need to invest in our local community and school infrastructures to provide the most basic of needs to our families and young people across the state.

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100+ Powerful Black Leaders for Schools & Communities First

February 21, 2020

Californians for Justice is proud to have our Strategy Director Saa’un P. Bell included on this list of 100 powerful Black Leaders in support of the Schools and Communities First initiative!  We know that to have a truly prosperous future for California, we must deeply invest in Black students and families. The Schools &Communities First…

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What does it take to celebrate Black Futures?

February 11, 2020

Above: Oakland youth leaders with CFJ stand before a mural of Oscar Grant — the young black man murdered by BART police in 2009. We’re halfway through Black History/Black Futures Month and felt it’s time for this conversation. For decades February has been marked in the U.S. calendar as Black History Month — a time…

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The Magic of 2019: Top 4 CFJ Highlights

December 19, 2019

Public schools are the heart of our communities. That’s the core belief that led us through the good, the bad and the everyday moments of 2019. From lessons learned to shared victories, we couldn’t have done it without our students, staff and community leading together to build a brighter future for California. To celebrate that…

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